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FO: Boxy Cape – a test knit

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Boxy Cape is a new pattern by the super talented and amazing Joji Locatelli. I was one of the lucky test knitters who had to keep this under wraps for a little longer than planned while Joji finishes up on other designs. It was hard, I tell you. I did show off my finished cape at the last Amiras meet-up where Jackie modeled it for me. Thanks, Joji for letting me test this!
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It’s that time of the year again

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It’s Johann’s birthday – yay!

Feels like only a while ago when we attended his super cool airline-themed birthday party. This year’s theme, however, is bowling. Yay! So you can imagine, I brought along a pair of handknitted socks so that I could play too. I wouldn’t pass up a chance to knock down some pins whenever I can. For the knitters out there, this was the lucky pair I wore to the bowling party. Love me some STR and Cotty!

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Are women ruled by their hormones?

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I’m not proud to say that in the past my fluctuating hormone levels have given rise to emotional and sometime dramatic outbursts. But this statement made by a female doctor in the UAE is nothing short of a heaping load of crap.

Along with not making decisions, Matar also advised women to avoid board meetings and drink green tea as “it will calm you down, you will be less violent”.

I can’t. I just can’t.

And I’m not even pre-menstrual right now!

Wordless Wednesday #29

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assembly line sewing

Wordless Wednesday #28

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flowers at the food market

FO: Brighton Beach

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Once upon a couple or so years ago, a lovely Danish lady called Dieuwke lived in Dubai for some time. The Amiras were lucky to have met her and saw for ourselves the astonishing talent that she has when it comes to knitting. I remember a turquoise top she was knitting at the time and she was making such quick progress on it despite making modifications to the design. And then the next time we saw her, she was actually wearing the turquoise top!

I suppose it was only a matter of time before all that talent would spill over onto designing knitwear and making waves in festivals and on Ravelry. So very proud of you, Dieuwke!

Therefore, when she hosted a KAL in her Ravelry group for Brighton Beach, I just had to sign up. This is a fun shawl pattern she designed for Unwind Brighton this year. Naturally, I knitted not one, but two shawls in quick succession because they are just that much fun and easy to make.

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RELEASE DAY!

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Jocelyn:

Looking for the next book to read? Why not try this fresh-off-the-press novel from my dear friend, Jannie Lund.

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A THOUSAND SUNSETS is a tale of second chances. Given, taken, and thrown away.

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Struggling to be a dad and a son, Alexander didn’t know he was lost. Living her dream, Sarah didn’t know she needed to be found. Enter cupid in the form of a dying man, who hasn’t had much contact with his children and grandchildren in the years after his wife’s death. In the meantime, however, a new family has formed around him. Patrick McCullough’s staring contest with death and wish to unite the family of his blood and the one of his heart kindles love meant to last, causes tempers to flare, and creates second chances that are given, taken, and thrown away. In the middle of the chaos, a young boy struggles to stay afloat.

I plotted out much of A THOUSAND SUNSETS in a parking lot in October of 2011. The rain was drumming…

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Wordless Wednesday #27

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touch of clay

GISHWHES 2014

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In a little more than two hours, the fantabulous mayhem that is GISHWHES will begin for 2014. More info here.

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I signed up because 1) it’s Misha, 2) it’s both a fun and adventurous way to give back, 3) I want to test myself and see how far I could go to complete the hunt. And did I mention it’s partly because of Misha?

Last year’s list was daunting: 155 items of varying degrees of silliness and fun! Points are awarded for each item on the list so I guess the team with the highest points win. Also I don’t think any team has ever submitted all items on the list. Hopefully my team, TardisDream, can submit as many as possible.

Friends, family, work colleagues, casual acquaintances…..I hope I can rely on your help to accomplish the tasks assigned to me. If anything, would you be willing to take photos and videos of me doing silly things?

BZ20

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Before we begin, may I remind you that…
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You’ve been warned.

In May 2014, Bernie and I had date night to see some Irish lads in concert. The first time they came to Dubai, with two more than now, I could not go see them. Because I just had a baby and it was summer, it was hot and I couldn’t be bothered to put on decent clothes and step out of the house. Anyway. So when i found out they were doing a one-night-only show in Dubai, I did not hesitate to buy tickets. It actually presented a dilemma when Justin Timberlake also announced a show in Abu Dhabi the night following Boyzone’s show. I decided not to go see JT and I don’t regret it. I would not have been able to sing-along because I don’t know most of his songs.

So the evening of the 22nd May came and thank goodness it was not as hot as I thought it would be. The tennis stadium was not fully packed but it was a decent crowd. Shame that Mikey could not join the show, due to a bereavement apparently, but these guys were quite impressive on their own.
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